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How Doctor Faustus began to practise in his diuelish Arte, and how he coniured the Diuel, making him to appeare and meete him on the morrow at his owne house. Chap. 2

YOu haue heard before, that all Faustus minde was set to study the artes of Necromancie and Coniuration, the which exercise hee followed day and night: and taking to him the wings of an Eagle, thought to flie ouer the whole world, and to know the secrets of heauen and earth; for his Speculation was so wonderfull, being expert in vsing his Vocabula1, Figures, Characters, Coniurations, and other Ceremoniall actions, that in all the haste hee put in practise to bring the Diuell before him. And taking his way to a thicke Wood neere to Wittenberg, called in the Germane tongue Spisser Waldt: that is in English the Spissers Wood, (as Faustus would oftentimes boast of it among his crue being in his iolitie,) he came into the same wood towards euening into a crosse way, where he made with a wand a Circle in the dust, and within that many more Circles and Characters: and thus he past away the time, vntill it was nine or ten of the clocke in the night, then began Doctor Faustus to call for Mephostophiles the Spirite, and to charge him in the name of Beelzebub to appeare there personally without any long stay: then presently the Diuel began so great a rumor2 in the Wood, as if heauen and earth would haue come together with winde, the trees bowing their tops to the ground, then fell the Diuell to bleare 3 as if the whole Wood had been full of Lyons, and sodainly about the Circle ranne the Diuell as if a thousand Wagons had been running together on paued stones. After this at the foure corners of the Wood it thundred horribly, with such lightnings as if the whole worlde, to his seeming, had been on fire. Faustus all this while halfe amazed at the Diuels so long tarrying, and doubting whether he were best to abide any more such horrible Coniurings, thought to leaue his Circle and depart; wherevpon the Diuel made him such musick of all sortes, as if the Nimphes themselues had beene in place: whereat Faustus was reujued and stoode stoutly in his Circle aspecting his purpose,4 and began againe to coniure the spirite Mephostophiles in the name of the Prince of Diuels to appeare in his likenesse: where at sodainly ouer his head hanged houering in the ayre a mighty Dragon: then cals Faustus againe after his Diuelish maner, at which there was a monstrous crie in the Wood, as if hell had been open, and all the tormented soules crying to God for mercy; presently not three fadome aboue his head fell a flame in manner of a lightning, and changed it selfe into a Globe: yet Faustus feared it not, but did perswade himselfe that the Diuell should giue him his request before hee would leaue: Oftentimes after to his companions he would boast, that he had the stoutest head (vnder the cope of heauen) at commandement: whereat they answered, they knew none stouter than the Pope or Emperour: but Doctor Faustus said, the head that is my seruant is aboue all on earth, and repeated certain wordes out of Saint Paul to the Ephesians to make his argument good: The Prince of this world is vpon earth and vnder heauen. Wel, let vs come againe to his Coniuration where we left him at his fiery Globe: Faustus vexed at the Spirits so long tarying, vsed his Charmes with full purpose not to depart before he had his intent, and crying on Mephostophiles the Spirit; sodainly the Globe opened and sprang vp in height of a man: so burning a time, in the end it conuerted to the shape of a fiery man. This pleasant beast ranne about the circle a great while, and lastly appeared in manner of a gray Frier, asking Faustus what was his request. Faustus commaunded that the next morning at twelue of the clocke hee should appeare to him at his house; but the diuel would in no wise graunt: Faustus began againe to coniure him in the name of Beelzebub, that he should fulfil his request: whereupon the Spirit agreed, and so they departed each one his way.

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